5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.
It is extremely important to understand what Apostle Paul is saying in these verses. He says that believers are united together in the likeness of the death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Paul says that we should know that our 'old man' was once and forever crucified with Christ, and that sin is no longer our master. Let us understand what the term 'old man' means.
Our 'old man' is our fallen, sinful, self-righteous human nature, which all of us are born into this world with, because of Adam's sin. The 'old man' must be crucified and destroyed before we can be born again. The power of the gospel is such that Jesus Christ died to take everybody's 'old man' with him when He was crucified on the cross.
When Jesus was resurrected three days after He was crucified, 'our new man' was also resurrected with Him. This signifies the born again reality of becoming a true Christian. The faith to believe in order to be born again is the faith of Christ given to us as a free gift from God.
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